How to fix your iPhone 5′s chipped bezel for under $10

By : Mario Dabek posted on December 5, 2012

Today I’m going to show you how to fix your iPhone 5 bezel.

As some of you may already know, I really hate cases on my iPhone. I think cases take away that sleek feeling that the iPhone was designed to have. As a matter of fact the only thing I will actually put on is the iCarbons. You can barely feel any difference when you have carbons on vs when you have a standard iPhone case on.

One problem however, is that my iPhone’s bezel is still exposed. And with me keeping my iPhone in my pocked, along with keys, lighter, wallet etc, so it gets pretty roughed up.

Here is what my less then 6 month old iPhone 5 looks like already. Not Pretty.

I though to myself, there’s got to be something I can do.

After inspecting the phone for a while, I made and observation that the edges connecting the bezel to both the size and top are sharp. This means I should be able to sand down the bezel without damaging the size or back of my iPhone. Sanding the sandpaper at the same angle as the bezel, will keep the sandpaper from touching the top and side of the iPhone. This is pretty important as I didn’t want to scuff or sand any areas that were not a part of the bezel. I was willing to try this as my iPhone was already looking like crap, i though it can’t get any worst.

I headed over to the local home hardware and got 3 different grids of sandpaper 600, 1000, and 2000.

After about 30 minutes and being done with the 600 grid paper I was ready to swap to the 1000 grid.

Next we sand at 1000 grid for about 15 min, then at 2000 grid for another 10 min to give it that sparkle.

Remove the iCarbons to show you the stock effect

And now after some cleaning the finish product.


And here is the before and after.


Project Difficulty 5/10

Total cost for this project was :

  • Sandpaper pack (600,1000,2000) from local home depot for 8.99 + tax
  • 4 beers which I already had in my fridge
  • 2 hours of my time

This is definitively an original mod that you can do by yourself at home and make your iPhone 5 stand out from the rest.

ps. Make sure you don’t rush and take your time, we do not assume any responsibility for you damaging your own device.

Check my Video below ..


About this Author
Mario Dabek
Mario Dabek is a technology journalist residing in Ontario, Canada. Covering everything from the latest Apple & Jailbreak news, to writing step by step jailbreak tutorials. Some key contributions include the world famous "Jailbreak Chart" as well as the "100 Reasons to Jailbreak" Video.